New Boss

Richard Burke becomes head of Veolia North America.

Stephen Ursery, Editor, Waste Age Magazine

May 1, 2009

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New Boss

Richard Burke was named CEO of Chicago-based Veolia Environmental Service North America (VESNA). Burke, president of Veolia ES Solid Waste since 2007, replaces Michel Gourvennec, who recently announced his retirement. Burke will continue to manage Veolia ES Solid Waste until his replacement is found.

“We are fortunate to have within our organization a strong and vibrant leader in Richard Burke,” said Denis Gasquet, CEO of Veolia Environmental Services worldwide, in a press release. “As the solid waste market has transformed over the past few years, Richard has delivered the strategic insights and initiatives to build the division and produce strong results for the company. We are confident that Richard will build upon the many successes achieved by Michel to create a more prosperous organization.”

VESNA offers integrated environmental services to industrial, commercial, municipal and residential clients. The company has four divisions: Industrial Services, Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste and Waste-to-Energy.

Burke entered the solid waste industry in 1987, when he started as a route supervisor for Waste Management. There, he worked his way up to director of operations for New York state before joining Superior Services (which became Onyx Waste Services before morphing into Veolia ES Solid Waste) in 1999. Before heading Veolia ES Solid Waste, Burke served as vice president of the division's Eastern Region.

During his 25 years with Veolia Environnement, VESNA's parent company, Gourvennec held a range of positions.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Ursery

Editor, Waste Age Magazine, Waste360

Stephen Ursery is the editor of Waste Age magazine. During his time as editor, Waste Age has won more than 20 national and regional awards. He has worked for Penton Media since August 1999. Before joining Waste Age as the magazine's managing editor, he was an associate editor for American City & County and for National Real Estate Investor.

Prior to joining Penton, Stephen worked as a reporter for The Marietta Daily Journal and The Fulton County Daily Report, both of which are located in metro Atlanta.

Stephen earned a BA in History from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

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